Dr. Hans Wolfgang Fiuczynski died peacefully on February 19 in Princeton, NJ at the age of 84. He is survived by his children Andrea, David, Marc, and his four grandchildren Ana, Christian, Ella, and Sky.
Hans was born on April 28, 1933, in Berlin, Germany, second of three sons to Karl Erich Fiuczynski and his wife Helene Auguste Fiuczynski (née Dörfel), both deceased.
Hans attended several schools in Germany and Austria during WWII, graduating as valedictorian from Herder High School in Berlin in 1951. After high school, Hans interned with Märkische Kabelwerke, a cable and wire company, and with Siemens Berlin in the early ‘50s. He studied civil engineering at Technical University Berlin in 1952 and graduated in 1955, going on to Columbia University in New York on a counterpart scholarship earning an M.S. in 1956, then served as a technical assistant from 1956-1960 at Branded Goods Institute, associated with Technical University Berlin, and earned a Ph.D in Economics from Technical University in 1960.
In 1960, Hans married Ruth Reese whom he had met in 1957 when she was in Berlin on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and enjoyed a 55-year marriage until her death in 2015. After emigrating to the US in 1960, Hans resided in Newark, NJ (‘60-’64), Somerset, NJ (‘64-’71), Neuss (‘72-’77), Mönchengladbach (‘77-’85), and in Princeton, NJ since 1985.
Hans worked for various divisions of Mars, Inc. in the US, Canada, and Europe from 1960-1992, holding positions as General Manager Mars Germany, External Relations Coordinator Europe, retiring as External Relations Director M+M/Mars in 1992. Hans represented Mars in numerous industry associations, including the German Confectioners Alliance, the World Federation of Advertisers (Brussels, Belgium), the Chocolate Manufacturers Association in the US, and the International Food Information in Washington, D.C.
He deeply enjoyed music and the arts and was a member of the Berlin Motet Choir 1952-1955, singing in a cappella performances in Berlin, Brussels, London and Llangollen, where the choir received first prize at the International Musical Eisteddfod, and performances with numerous symphonic orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, plus recordings at Teldec and Deutsche Grammophon.
Hans was a member of Schlaraffia since 1976, a worldwide German-speaking gentlemen’s association, where he served as president of the Philadelphia chapter, member of the North American Board and International Board.
He enjoyed traveling widely with his family in the US, Europe, North Africa, the Americas and China, and was passionately active in cultural affairs in the Princeton area.
Hans adored his family and will be missed by many. He was a gifted raconteur and bon viveur. The family respects Hans’ wishes to be remembered fondly without a funeral or ceremony and appreciates privacy at this time.
Hans and Ruth were longtime dedicated subscribers to McCarter Theater. One evening in the early ‘60s, they attended a play and only realized after the performance had long ended that their car keys must have fallen out of a pocket and were locked in the theater. A man noticed their distress, spoke with them and lent them his car to drive home to small children and a babysitter, as he said he could walk home : he was the theater director. This kindness impressed them so much and ultimately inspired them to move to Princeton.
"In lieu of flowers and other gifts, please send donations in memory of Dr. Hans W. Fiuczynski to McCarter Theatre either online by clicking here https://tickets.mccarter.org/dev/contribute.aspx or by postal mail to McCarter Development Office, 91 University Place, Princeton NJ 08540".